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Monica McCarty , Antony Ferguson
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26 Mar 2012 Macleods of Skye (Book 3)
Lachlan Maclean will do whatever it takes to protect his clan–even if it means abducting the most willful woman in the Highlands with the secret intention of wooing her for marriage. A born searing sensual leader possessing brute strength, and an imposing command, Lachlan is unprepared for the beautiful spitfire Flora MacLeod, who jeopardizes his plans to save his clan, and digs beneath his hard, chiseled exterior to expose a tenderness that may be his undoing.

The greatest marriage prize in the Highlands, Flora is determined at all costs to avoid her mother’s fate of being bartered away as a political pawn. Vowing to make her captor pay for his ruthlessness, she boldly engages him in a battle of wills, sweetening the challenge with dangerous passion–even as the lingering curse and deadly ghosts of a past tragedy reach out to thwart a tender love that has yet to be spoken.
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  • Publisher: Tantor Media Inc; Unabridged edition (26 Mar 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452606552
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452606552
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 14 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars action-packed and powerfully sensual 26 Sep 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In Monica McCarty's newest release, Highlander Unmasked, we meet Alex MacLeod, who's traveling to the royal court in Edinburgh, Scotland. Alex is on a secret mission to learn the greedy English king's plot to gain control of the rugged, mountainous Highlands, which have belonged to Alex's family and other clans for centuries.

Although he's honorable, Alex has been living as an outlaw for years -- he wants his life to be punishing and empty to make up for a horrible mistake he made years before. So, when he rescues a young woman from a violent attack, he's awestruck by the instant, emotional attraction he feels for her.

Reserved and bookish, Meg Mackinnon is amazed that she's drawn to the fierce and mysterious warrior who rescues her, then leaves her side without a word. But when she sees him again at the royal court, she's confused and hurt; Alex pretends they've never met before.

Meg's at the royal court for one reason: She needs to find a husband. Her brother is emotionally challenged, so she wants to marry a strong warrior who'll support her brother in his duties when the boy becomes clan chief.

When Meg forces Alex to acknowledge her, he goes to great lengths to convince her he's anything but the kind of husband she needs. And as Alex tries to ignore the powerful feelings Meg's admiration stirs in him, he faces a decision: Win the noble battle for Highland justice, or lose the war for the happiness he and Meg deserve.

Highlander Unchained by Monica McCarty as well as my other favorite historical romance novel-The Fates by Tino Georgiou, are a delight. They're thrilling and passionate love stories set within real historical times.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highlander Unchained 2 Jun 2010
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Elizabeth Campbell McLean's cruel husband had left her to die by drowning on a rock in the Firth of Lorn as the water was rising and she was unable to swim. She swore a curse that no McLean Chief would prosper without a Campbell by his side. Saved by Campbell fishermen, she was taken back to her Clan and when her husband arrived to tell of her demise her brother killed him and ripped an amulet from around his neck. Lady Elizabeth's legacy lived on, passed down from generation to generation through the amulet.

A hundred years later, Flora MacLeod, halfsister to Rory 'Highlander Untamed' and Alex 'Highlander Unmasked' and the daughter of a Campbell is kidnapped by Lachlan Maclean .......... Wonderful story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars loved it 23 Aug 2013
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Wonderful holiday loved it such a wonderful writer deep and endearing characters. All her books are different and exciting. She has such imagination and she is so exciting to read .
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2.0 out of 5 stars Missed the mark 29 July 2012
By The Demon Librarian TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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I'm afraid this is another miss for me on the great pendulum of hits and misses that these two trilogies have become.

It all boils down to the romance and how much you care, how much you believe it, feel it. And this just didn't do anything for me. I think my main problem was the lack of build up. It went from lust + aggravation to
"love" within the snap of my fingers with not nearly enough development to make it realistic. In fact, the pair barely spoke to one another. They avoided each other while she got up to her "pranks" (more on that in a minute), and he would also go off fighting and not mention anything about it to her. Then suddenly Bam! they're in love? Plus, the fact that he had it in mind to marry her for personal/political reasons right from the word go, also sapped all of the romance out of it.

Now onto the characterization. Flora is meant to be this great beauty but also a complete hellion, spitfire, wildcat, etc. A nightmare most men won't overlook even with her pretty face and large tocher. WHERE THE HELL WAS THIS SHOWN? I'm telling you, she got up to a couple of little tricks- using the wrong oil on his swords and salting his dinner- but apart from that she was as drippy, weepy and pathetic as any damsel in distress has ever been. I was so disappointed in this aspect. I love my feisty heroines and that's what I felt like I was being promised, and I did not get it. She's the Holyrood hellion"? Then I'm a Prima Ballerina. She didn't even complain about his leman (mistress, bit on the side)? Shyeah. Right.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars it's getting hot in here! 1 Feb 2008
By Valerie S. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
When I first saw this book, my first thought was it was a rip off of Karen Marie Moning, who is one of my favorites. However, when I saw it at my local library I decided to give it a shot. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it.

The heroine, Flora isn't some helpless flower, she's willful, clever, mischievous and untrusting of highlanders. The hero, Lachlan is built of steel a man, bound by honor to his clan - but with a tender heart. What struck me most was how sizzling the chemistry was between them. There were also some very spicy sex scenes too. The book did follow the basic formula of most historical romance novels - but I still thought it was an enjoyable read and well written. I'm looking forward to reading more of Monica McCarty's books.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The marriage prize unchains her abductor.....or is it chains? ;) 23 Oct 2007
By Misuzmama - Published on Amazon.com
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Highlander (Laird) Lachlan Maclean is desperate to protect his clan. He will do anything to restore his rightful place at his castle and bring his brother back. Anything. That includes abducting the highlander heiress and wooing her into marriage. If only it were that easy. The Holyrood hellion was aptly named. For there never was a more troublesome making woman. Och! A beauty for sure, who lefts broken hearts at court. But Lachlan isn't intimidated by the wee bonnie lass. He doesn't need or want her heart. He only needs her hand in marriage. How difficult could that be?

Flora MacLeod is determined not follow the path of her mother, a bartered political pawn. The handsome and dangerous highlander may have stolen her, but never her heart! Certainly she will never agree to a marriage. Nay! All his wooing will come to naught. For she will never succumb to his desires. Even if they become her own?

Because of her birth and wealth (of which she has no control over) Flora is know as the greatest marriage prize in Scotland. The alliance through her marriage alone would make her valuable, but with her money she is irresistible. But she doesn't want marriage on anyone's terms. She doesn't want to end up like her miserable mother. Then she is abducted and fights for her life. Bringing forth her entire arsenal of trouble making ways. While held captive she reluctantly finds love. Only the secret the hero holds can shatter the bond they so tenuously have formed. The hero is torn. Doing what is good for his people and not hurting the one woman he loves. No one will emerge from this unscathed.

If you like those strong heroine types then this is for you. Another hunky highlander and his spirited lass. Similar and just as good as the prequel 'Highlander Unmasked' (my personal favorite of the trilogy) in that the hero is torn between his duty and love. Well fleshed out characters and an intriguing plot. But the loves scenes? **thud** (that's me fainting here ;)) Maccarty doesn't call it highlander UNCHAINED for nothing! Lachlan sure doesn't hold back in his lovin'! Recommended. A fine Scottish historical romance with plenty of spice.

And kudos to the author for adding the interesting tidbit about the legend about the 'Lady's Rock'. Makes you want to believe in fairy tales and HEA endings.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Deja Vu? 18 Dec 2007
By J. Enyeart - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I have read the first 2 books in this trilogy and if I had read this one before the others I might have given it a higher rating. This is because this book and now I've discovered all 3 books are virtually the same book. All that is different is the character names. The author pretty much uses the same dialogue, same descriptions, same love scenes as the previous 2 books. It was quite annoying. Towards the end of this one I was skipping parts and even the love scenes got to be a bit too much. I got bored with them because it was just the same old recycled scenes. If you read these books alone and read them about 5 years apart, then maybe you wouldn't notice how similar everything is. So my recommendation is, read the first book, Highlander Untamed. If you read this one, you've unknowingly read the other 2 as well.
15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 28 Sep 2007
By Corrine - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Normally, when I wait anxiously for a book, I feel a little bit down. HIGHLANDER UNCHAINED definitely did not provoke that sentiment. If anything, this book is even better than the first two in the series, HIGHLANDER UNMASKED (#2) and HIGHLANDER UNTAMED (#1).

Flora McLeod (half-sister of Rory and Alex, the previous heroes of the series) is taking her life into her own hands. Instead of submitting to a possible arranged marriage by her powerful brothers, both Rory and her other half-brother Hector Maclean of Duart, or her powerful uncle the Earl of Argyll, she has picked her own husband and decided to elope. Her elopement, however, is ended quickly when they are stopped by Lachlan Maclean of Coll. He has his own plans regarding Flora's marriage - namely that he himself should be her husband. And in doing so, he will save his brother's life.

I absolutely loved the character of Flora - she's willful and strong, without being stupid and spoiled. She's the perfect match for Lachlan, who is prideful and powerful, but without being autocratic about it. The chemistry between them leaps off the page, and makes you fall in love with them. Excellently researched and written, HIGHLANDER UNCHAINED is a wonderful read.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite in this series. Highlander alphamale meets his match 11 Jan 2008
By Karlyn - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I've read the entire series and really enjoyed each book, but this was my favorite. Why? The hero Lachlan was a more well rounded hero who didn't spend most of the book fighting his feelings, which I just loved! The heroine was also smart and quite likable. These two made a perfect couple. I also liked the contrast of a rough alpha male wooing a sophisticated woman who he feels is too good for him, all within the boundaries of her being his prisoner.(Yeah, that does make it a bit tough!) Ahhh, so heartwarming. There is also a tale of a curse, which helps tie the story together and was also quite interesting.

In summary, the hero kidnaps his enemy's younger sister(Flora) with all intensions of wooing her into marriage to seal a bargain with her cousin. Flora is beautiful and independantly wealthy, thanks to her deceased mother. She refuses to be forced into a marriage that isn't soley based on love. Lachlan sets about earning her trust, and eventually her heart, meanwhile losing his heart in the process. There is much back story going on, including his clan and brother being in much danger. This marriage will help free his people and revenge his enemy, if Flora will agree to mary Lochlan. The story was fast, adventurous, and very romantic. The sensuality was very steamy, making this also a hot read. These books can all be read in any order. Highly recommended! Enjoy.
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